In the deep woods of Echo Mountain, Pine Creek, three poachers are slaughtered by a predator and the survivor, Ed, organizes an illegal hunting with three other hunters. Meanwhile, the teenagers Rich and Jay are assigned by their biology teacher to prepare a seminar together about species in danger of extinction. Jay invites his girlfriend Shea and his cousin Jenny to camp with Rich and him in the forest to research animals for their work. Meanwhile the Indian Ranger John Eagleheart is also in the woods tracking the Sasquatch. When Ed and his men are attacked by the Big Foot, the teenagers try to escape to save their lives. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I saw this film at a recent premier in San Diego. I knew in advance that it dealt with the "Sasquatch" legend and feared it would be another campy Bigfoot slasher flick. But I was pleasantly surprised.
The characters in the film are much more developed than the typical cardboard stereotypes, serving as monster-fodder, that populate most "creature features." There is some genuinely good acting here, especially by Brandon Henschel, who enlivens the whole film as a lovable "bad boy" teen. Jack Conley is steady and true as the sheriff, and Miles O'Keeffe plays the bad guy with a controlled rage that never goes "over the top." And the creature is much more than the usual blood-thirsty maniacal killer in the woods. This is the "thinking-man's Bigfoot," a material/spiritual being who actually becomes the hero of the tale.
All in all, while "The Unknown" is certainly not "Ben-Hur" or "Gone With the Wind," as a suspense/adventure tale it transcends the genre and offers some genuine surprises, as well as a fresh approach to an old legend. Grab your best girl, a blanket, and a bowl of popcorn, and enjoy some "Unknown" fun. Recommended.
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